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Experiences With The A340-300?  
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6883 times:

Hi there guys and girls,

Me and a buddy are flying LHR-LAX on a B744 and LAX-LHR on a A343 with VS.  Smile

I am just wandering how you all found the A340-300?

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions,


Justin  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6858 times:

I've never flown the A340-300 with VS, but I have flown the A340-300 twice with CI.

I like the aircraft. Its quiet and comfortable. Its definitely a different experience from the 747-400. I can't really describe the feeling.


User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6845 times:

I have been flying SAS A340-300 several times over the Atlantic. And I find them very nice. Its also great that you get your own PTV. But I don't know if every airline that uses A340-300 has PTV. But I think they do..

[Edited 2004-03-24 10:09:35]

User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6785 times:

I LOVE the A343.Personally I find it a very nice aircraft...confortable,very quiet
You will have a great journey.

User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6772 times:

But I'm not sure if every airline that uses A340-300 has PTV.

No, LH for instance doesn't

I second the most of the statements here. The A340-300 is, in my opinion, the quietest and smoothest aircraft I have ever flown. The 4 Engine construction seems to be ideal to "distribute noise"

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6707 times:


I flew the A340-313X, HB-JMC last December from LAX to ZRH with SWISS. The plane was brand new, about 2 months old, and I was quite curious to see how it was. Before that I flew the 747 series 100, 200 and 400, the 767-200 and 300, the DC-10-10, the MD11 and the L1011, so it was my first try on the european long-haul jet. First thing I notice was the arrangement, 2-4-2 is quite nice for a long flight, specially if you travel with wife and kids ( we have 2 ) so one of the adults can always be with one kids and we don't need to bother the other passenger if it's a 3 seat row! The plane is tough a little cramped, compared with the 747 and the MD11. SWISS had PTV's on their 340's so it was very convenient, they use a small personal comand that you can choose what you want to see. About the flight itself, the first unique feature was the front camera by the nosewheel, you can see ahead of you and that was dramatic when we took of from LAX, awesome! The take-off is very smooth but it looks quite weak, compared for example with the 747 or specially with the MD11 ( that plane has a huge amount of power on take-off!!! ), but at the end the plane lifts very generously. The attitude during the flight is quite steady and strong. On landing and because it has 4 engines in the wing and that's a huge wing the approach and final touch was very smooth and very nice, for example the MD11 because it has an engine in the tail punish the attitude of the plane on landings. So overall I like the A340-300, it's an uneventfull airplane with good confort on long flights like the one we had, 11:15 minutes. But if you want a wild ride the MD11 is the plane!!!

User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6641 times:

The A343 has become my favorite A/C since I've been on a CX A343 last october from AMS to HKG. Quiet, comfortable, smooth....it's one of the best aircraft I've ever been on, and can't wait to be back on one of those beauties in august, from HKG to AMS Big grin

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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2236 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

Great Airplane!

I spent hundreds of hours on the jumspeat of VS A340's back in my teenage years and can honestly say there is not another aircraft I prefer over it, the 747 feels a bit more spacious but unless you're seriously claustrophobic I doubt it'll matter much to most people.


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User currently offlineJumbopilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6525 times:

I have been flown with an A343 of LH from FRA to JFK. I am a frequent flyer but this was my first trip with this type. I had the luck to travel in business class and I was impressed about the seats and the very good service. I liked the atmosphere on that plane. It is convenient and pleasant.

But my return flight was with B744 of LH from YYZ to FRA in business class again. For first time as well. And so I could not shut my mouth about this huge bird. My wife and me had a place in the second row on the left side and in our eyes it was still more convenient and quiet than in the A343.

Nonetheless, I like it all and I think, each of them have advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day it is a query of individual taste.

User currently offlineCol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2275 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6445 times:

Flown VS, CX and SQ 343. The plane is the quietest I have flown, much better than the whine you get from the 777. Seating 2-4-2 is also good point. Problem with VS is the entertainment system is getting rather old, and I don't know if they will upgrade- small screens, hand controls stick etc.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

Haven't flown VS' 343s, but have flown two of UL's. I like the aircraft very much: it's comfortable, quiet and generally just right. Its slow climb was also quite exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed UL's seemingly very good IFE.

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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

Has it taken off yet?  Wink/being sarcastic

Its cabin noise is extremely quiet, but no fun on take off and climb...

User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 15379 posts, RR: 45
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6251 times:
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Three words can summarise my, admittedly limited, A340 experience - quiet, comfortable and smooth. I'd love to fly one again soon.

I'm sure ConcordBoy will be along shortly to echo those sentiments  Big grin

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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6226 times:

I flew AF's 343 on DEL, YUL and SEL routes (and some other destinations as well)...man that aircraft is quiet ! On 13 hour + legs like the SEL flights (when they could not overfly North Korea) it translates in a huge difference in terms of passenger comfort; now AF flies 772's to ICN.
While the 772 is a great aircraft, it unfortunately is noisier, which means I am much more tired upon my arrival in Seoul than in the days of the 343  Sad


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User currently offlineSky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6196 times:

Flown on both VS 744 and A343 and also A346. As mentioned above the entertainment system on the A343 is getting on abit but still better than many airlines. You might get lucky on the 744 with the new V:Port entertainment system and you will be spoilt when flying back on the A343 after the 744 experience. The A343 is a quiet aircraft and if you want more legroom try and avoid seats A,D,G,K. These seats have a black box which control the entertainment system under the seat hence it will restrict your leg movement. You can find more information at http://www.virginflyer.com.

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User currently offlineANX4fishing From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6130 times:

Sorry to disagree with most of you, but I just flew SAS, SEA-CPH on one of their 340's and was very disappointed. The seats in coach appeared to be narrower than usual, with less pitch. Just a shitty miserable 10 hour flight. I spoke to an SAS ticket rep at ARN yesterday and she admitted that they've gotten complaints regarding those planes. It may very well be the quietest and freshest plane I've ever been on, but that matters very little when the comfort is so poor.

Doing CPH-ORD tomorrow, can't wait...


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6106 times:

Even though I haven't flown on VS's A343, I have flown a number of times on MS's A342 on short flights (CAI-JED-CAI) and long haul flights (CAI-JNB-CAI). I have to say the aircraft is very comfortable and quite. People usually slag off the A340 for the their take-off performance but it does not in anyway effect the flying experience. Having flown on the 763, 742 and 744, I have to say the A340 was the quitest and most enjoyable. They only other aircraft I feel has the edge is the 772.

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User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6004 times:

My experiences with IB's A340-300's have been pretty positive....as everyone has stated...quiet and smooth. Yes take offs are a pretty slow climb....but in a way its nice...you get an overview of the city which is kind of cool. I think my only complaint is(and i dont know if it is true with other airline A340-300's) is the layout of the audio programming/volume/overhead light/flight attendant call buttons. It seems to me that a lot of people get confused by the buttons and instead of hitting the overhead light button...they tend to hit the flight attendant call button by accident prompting a lot of "noise effects" (you hear the flight attending "ding" quite loud). I tends to get annoying.

Other than that...I am looking forward to flying on the IB A340-600 this upcoming Monday...I cant wait to see how that airplane handles!!

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User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5989 times:

The aircraft is definitely a lot quieter than any other aircraft I have flown. Takeoff is fun, it's powerful but you seem to spend forever on the runway which is great then rotation is smooth and you don't get the sinking feeling you get on other aircraft, you also don't think you are about to drop out of the sky when the engine power comes back (or is that just me?). Landing is smooth. Truly a great aircraft IMO.

Have fun Big grin, I have a BA 744 to LAX instead of an A340...dammit!


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User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1319 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

I have traveled on the A343 with VS and AF. I like this aircraft because it is quiet and comfortable. If you're looking for the climb of the 757, this one doesn't have it. If you're looking for the size of the 747, this is not the aircraft. In terms of comfort though, I find it better than most.

It is forever on the runway during take off roll as LHR340 mentioned but you have a smooth take off, slow climb, seems to have a high attitude during initial climb, quiet during cruise, and a very soft touchdown.

All in all you will enjoy it, and especially your experience on VS.


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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1742 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5850 times:

Have flown LHR-LAX with VS on the A343.

the plane is very comfotable, and nicer in Y class than the 744 I think, thanks to the 2-4-2 layout.

to repeat the other posts - fingers crossed for an odyssey equipped plane, as this is the better IFE, and the planes are newer.

Arcadia eqipped A343's planes are still good though, us VS pax are just a bit spoilt in the IFE department I think!!

Have fun - you'll have a great flight I'm sure.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5820 times:

POS aircraft.

One rather fun thing about it is the sensation that you can jump off and push, during takeoff  Big grin

User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

I had the pleasure of taking my first ride in a A340-300 with Turkish Airlines. The experience with the aircraft was a very stable and smooth ride the whole way. Great plane, good times.
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User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5794 times:


We are talking abt the aircraft itself and what you said basically varies from airline to airline. The aircraft ITSELF is indeed very quiet, smooth and comfy. The 2-4-2 config is good on long hauls.

I have flown SK's A343s i admit that pitch is a little limited but since I am not too wide I didn't really find any discomfort with their seat width. I have only travelled in Economy for intercontinental flights on one round trip in all my flying and that was on SK's A343 SEA-CPH vv and I am impressed. Wasn't too bad. They had good IFE and service. Coming from a person who mostly travels up front in C or F, I'd say SK's economy has impressed me and I'm sure many others will as well just that I never tried them.

User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5689 times:

flew SQ defunct Celestar CDG-SIN-CDG and it was an awesome experience.
smooth and quiet of course and the cabin is very nice, esp for 12 hours flight: 2-4-2 config which is handy since you have to bother only one person (considering you take the window  Laugh out loud ) but also the cabin seems to be perfectly sized: no feeling of wide avenue like in 747 or the stingy feeling in the 767 (2-3-2, one seat is missing!!!)
nevertheless after 12 hours my back was broken: felt a bit cramped, and I remember the seat in front of me reclined so much that I had to rotate the LCD PTV towards the ceiling if I wanted to watch something....but was it an SQ problem or an A343 problem, that I don't know...
I'll always remember the ultra cool take off from SIN: it took forever and I was asking to myself, "is it gonna make it? for godsake DO rotate!!"

25 Warren747sp : I am sure you will find out for yourself being able to take both types. I personally prefer the 744 as being a true wide body design with lots of thru
26 Post contains images MD11LuxuryLinr : ..."I am just wandering how you all found the A340-300?"..... I was impressed actually. I was able to travel and walk my dog at the same time. I just
27 Kjet12 : I flew the A340-300 (EC-GLE & EC-GGS) on Iberia from ORD-MAD and MAD-ORD. I personally wasn't impressed, but that may be due to the fact the the servi
28 Post contains images Leskova : After flying 343s of OS (VIE-JNB-CPT and back as well as VIE-JNB and back on another occasion), LH (FRA-IAD, MUC-ORD) and SK (CPH-EWR) for a total of
29 Jsmith : I flew with Air Canada last year on two of their 343s - SYD-YVR and YVR-YYZ. Had plenty of time to check out how the 343 flies. It was as everyone els
30 Post contains images Iberia340600 : MD11LuxuryLinr: I gotta say....although I like the A340-300...your post was pretty damn funny!! LOL To everyone that complains about the slow climb of
31 Chris78cpr : I can't wait to try out the 343 with my good friend J!!! WE will post a joint trip report when we get back i think!!! lol Chris P.S. I apologize for t
32 Anxebla : The QUIETEST flight made for me was two years ago,in an IB's Business Class A343 between MAD and BOG. It was quieter than even in a B-747 Buz. main de
33 LVZXV : My 1st A340 flight was also on THY, about 6 years ago. TC-JDL if I recall. Extremely smooth and comfortable, quiet and gentle, an experience repeated
34 Post contains images Arcano : Hola! I've flown the 340300 several times, long and short legs: Lan Chile SCL - MAD and SCL - EZE. It's true, those engines are so quiet, but I think
35 Sky0000547 : Don't know if it is my imagination but i found the A343 cabin quiet but the A346 even quieter.
36 MAS A330 : Hey there! I've flown on the A340-300 of LAN Chile from LAX-LIM in Business. Very quiet birds i must say. I have to disagree that it isnt comfortable,
37 Korg747 : I have flown Kuwait A343s. My experience is very uncomfortable. The aircraft slow climbing performance was very noticeable too. I think my flight was
38 RIX : Found it neither "more quiet and smooth" than, say, 777, nor "underpowered and slow". My only 343 flight, with LH, was utterly boring, but, to me, A34
39 Anxebla : Arcano... Really do you prefer to make a journey in a 767 than in an A343??? I don't agree with you in this point. (tal vez tengas un mal recuerdo por
40 Warren747sp : I will have to differ from most of you. the 2-3-2 seating on the 767 is more comfortable than the 2-4-2 seating on the A340-300. Most of you never had
41 Buckfifty : I'm just wondering what slow climbing has to do with passenger comfort. Anyone come up with a correlation? I really can't. Most of you never had to ta
42 Warren747sp : Yes, Buckfifty, Have you tried it? they really ought to acquire the 300e version as SAA is getting now or better yet upgrade to a 500 series. perhaps
43 Arcano : Hi All: Yes! I do prefer 767 rather than 340. Anxebia: it's not only that last row, I've also been in window, aisle, front, rear, etc. I haven't say t
44 Buckfifty : Yes, Buckfifty, Have you tried it? I fly one, actually.
45 Post contains images Arcano : BTW! Due to geography, Chileans are used to flight long range... and I've never heard anyone complaining about slow or thrusted climbing . Totally agr
46 Warren747sp : Really, Buckfifty? Which route to you fly out of PRC in a 340-300 which is about 15 hour flight? I still think you are pretending to be a pilot given
47 TK : Yes Warren747sp, I have tried it- and I love it. Your bias is both amusing and ridiculous.
48 Post contains images Buckfifty : Really, Buckfifty? Which route to you fly out of PRC in a 340-300 which is about 15 hour flight? I still think you are pretending to be a pilot given
49 ReguPilot : Saludos! Even when being a super big fan of aviation, I wasn't a member of A.net by the time I flew the A340, and wasn't paying attentiion to most of
50 Warren747sp : Yes, Buckfifty, Just as I expected, unable to defend position and start to get personal in your full compliments. I just posed a straight question to
51 Buckfifty : If you really want to know, we rarely fly the 343 for 15 hours, if ever, because the aircraft would be ZFW limited. The only routes where the 343 woul
52 Post contains images CX flyboy : Happen to stumble across this topic and I can vouch for the fact that Buckfifty is indeed one of my colleagues and can vouch for the fact that my flee
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